Emergency Helicopter Pilot Fails Breath Test

February 10, 2015

An Emergency helicopter pilot working from the Tenerife Sur airport  failed a breathalyser test on Saturday, according to Spanish press sources.

The pilot who  showed positive for a high rate of alcohol in his blood, is employed by Inaer, the SUC’s  (Canarian Emergency Department’s)  subcontractor responsible for managing helicopters.

In a statement, Inaer acknowledged that it has opened an investigation into a member of the crew of one of its medical helicopters “for a possible case of intoxication”, which meant that the aircraft had to be declared inoperative.

The Guardia Civiltook responsibility for conducting the breathalyser after they were  requested to by the company.

The company has a code of conduct which has zero tolerance for regarding the taking of drugs or alcohol.